May 23. 2022 – Arnsberg – AirRobot GmbH & Co. KG, part of the Nordic Unmanned group, has today signed the MIKADO contract to supply the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) with 145 of its novel and modular AR100-H drone systems and support the military personnel with training.
“The AR100-H system is designed, developed, and produced by our expert team in Germany by AirRobot, according to military DIN EN9100 standards. The robust and compact drone system is one of a kind, and we are thrilled to continue the already long-lasting trustful cooperation with the Bundeswehr with our multi-mission industry-leading solution“,Björn Behrmann, MD of AirRobot.
The AR100-H system is a foldable small drone, with modular construction. All relevant components can be replaced in a few simple steps without the use of tools. It is a flexible, low weight, low noise, drone system developed specifically with the armed forces and special police forces in mind. The drone systems contain all required equipment for a modern deployed soldier to gain situational awareness day and night in all kinds of weather. “Mikado” (Mikroaufklärungsdrohne) is a local area micro-reconnaissance drone. The system is based on the 24 000+ flights and operational experience of the legacy AR100-B, which is still in service with the German Armed Forces.
“The MIKADO contract is one of the largest military drone contracts ever awarded in Europe, in its category. It strengthens our already excellent position in the German defence market, and we are honoured to continue working with the German Armed Forces. We are delighted to see that the great efforts of AirRobot resulted in being selected as the preferred supplier of system integrations and support with their new AR100-H system. For global use, we will achieve a military airworthiness certification, the first one in its class” says CEO of Nordic Unmanned, Knut Roar Wiig.
AirRobot has been a long-standing drone supplier to the German Armed Forces since 2005 and currently holds a maintenance (MRO) contract with the German Armed Forces.
“We see this contract as a breakthrough for AirRobot and the AR100-H drone system, timed at a point of extremely high market interest and demand for small military drones globally. The AR100-H system including support will add a long-term potential of around EUR 12 million to the backlog of the Security segment of the Nordic Unmanned Group. Based on the stamp of quality this contract is, we are very optimistic about other opportunities that will follow in Germany and other NATO and EU countries in the short and long term,” adds Knut Roar Wiig.
About Nordic Unmanned
Nordic Unmanned is global leader of high-end products and services related to drones and data capture. Through world-wide operational experience and industry leading expertise, Nordic Unmanned supports large governmental and industrial clients in the adaption of unmanned systems and services.
Founded in 2014, the Group has offices in Sandnes, Oslo, Molde, Odense (DK), Cranfield (UK) and Arnsberg (GER) and has quickly become one of Europe’s leading providers of unmanned systems and services, with operations across the continent. The Group is ISO 9001-2015 and certified by for the operation, maintenance, sale, design, development, and production, with of unmanned systems and sensor technology. and sensor technology. The production is also AS9100 certified.
Founded in 2005, AirRobot is a true pioneer in the European drone industry. The company is a long-standing supplier for the German armed forces (“Bundeswehr”) of both drone systems and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (“MRO”) services since 2005.
During the past years, the company has invested heavily in next-generation drones. The company holds ISO 9001 and DIN EN 9100 certification as a drone developer and manufacturer and is fully certified to deliver to German and other NATO forces.